Born on this day 20th November

1995 – Michael Clifford

Michael Clifford from 5 Seconds Of Summer who had a No.1 UK hit with ‘She Looks So Perfect’, and their debut album was a US No.1 and UK No.2. 5 Seconds of Summer were also the first Australian act to achieve a US No.1 album with their debut album.

1986 – Kings Of Leon

Jared Followill, bassist, from American rock band Kings of Leon who had the 2007 UK No.1 album Because Of The Times, and the 2008 UK No.1 single ‘Sex on Fire’. The band has sold over 21 million albums worldwide and 38 million singles.

1983 – Future

American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer Future, (Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn). In collaboration with Drake, Evol (2016), Future (2017) and Hndrxx (2017) all debuted at No.1 on the US Billboard 200.

1981 – Kimberley Walsh

Kimberley Walsh, from English-Irish pop girl group Girls Aloud, which was created through the ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. They scored the 2002 UK No.1 single ‘Sound Of The Underground’ and over 20 UK Top 20 singles. They hold the record for “Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female Group.

1975 – David Marchand

David Marchand, (Davey Havok), lead vocalist of the American rock band AFI.

1966 – Kevin Gilbert

American singer, songwriter, musician Kevin Gilbert. He was a member of Giraffe, and worked with Sheryl Crow. He co-wrote the 1994 Crow UK No. 4 hit ‘All I Want To Do.’ Gilbert died on 18 May 1996. The coroner listed the cause of death as “asphyxia due to partial suspension hanging” and concluded the death was accidental.

1965 – Mike Diamond

Mike Diamond, The Beastie Boys, (1987 US No.7 & UK No.11 single ‘You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party’, 1987 US No.1 and UK No.7 album ‘Licence To Ill’, plus 3 other US No.1 albums).

1965 – Senen Reyes

Senen Reyes, Sen Dog, from Cypress Hill, who had the 1993 UK No.15 single ‘I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That’, and the 1993 US No.1 album ‘Black Sunday’.

1962 – Steve Alexander

Steve Alexander, Brother Beyond, (1988 UK No.2 single ‘The Harder I Try’).

1962 – Gail Ann Dorsey

Gail Ann Dorsey, American bass guitarist and vocalist. Worked with David Bowie from 1993-96, recorded and toured with Tears for Fears and has also worked with Bryan Ferry, Boy George, Gwen Stefani and Seal.

1961 – Paul King

Paul King, vocals, King, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Love And Pride’) & VH 1 TV presenter.

1961 – Jim Brickman

American songwriter, pianist and radio host Jim Brickman. He has earned two Grammy nominations for his albums Peace (2003) for Best Instrumental, and Faith (2009) for Best New Age Album and has collaborated with Lady A, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Donny Osmond, Olivia Newton-John, Carly Simon, John Oates and Michael Bolton.

1957 – Jim Brown

Jim Brown, drums, with UB40, who had the 1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single ‘Red Red Wine’ and over 30 other top 40 hits.

1947 – Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh, guitarist, singer, songwriter, who led The James Gang. He joined the Eagles in 1975 who scored the 1977 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Hotel California’, plus 5 US No.1 albums. As a solo artist under the name Barnstorm he had the 1973 breakthrough album The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get featuring the single, ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ and had the 1978 UK No.14 single ‘Life’s Been Good’.

1946 – Duane Allman

Duane Allman, guitarist, and co-founder and leader of The Allman Brothers Band who released the classic album Eat a Peach in 1972 and had the 1973 US No.12 single ‘Ramblin Man’. Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident on 29th October 1971 in Macon, Georgia, when he collided with the rear of a flatbed truck that had turned in front of him.

1946 – Ray Stiles

Ray Stiles, from English glam rock band Mud who had the 1974 UK No.1 single ‘Tiger Feet’ which was the UK’s best-selling single of 1974 plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles.

1942 – Norman Greenbaum

Norman Greenbaum, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and One Hit Wonder with the 1970 UK No.1 & US No.3 single ‘Spirit in the Sky’.

1941 – Dr John

Dr John, (Malcolm John Rebennack), US R&B pianist, guitarist, singer. He wrote ‘I Walk On Guilded Splinters.’ Active as a session musician from the late 1950s until his death, he gained a following in the late 1960s after the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He died of a heart attack on 6 June 2019 age 77.

1940 – Jim Horn

American saxophonist, woodwind player, and session musician Jim Horn. He played on solo albums by three members of the Beatles, forming a long association with George Harrison after appearing at the latter’s Concert for Bangladesh benefit in 1971. Horn also played flute and saxophone on The Beach Boys album Pet Sounds and also played flute on the Rolling Stones’ album Goats Head Soup.